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British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

Incident reports received by the BHPA are available in summary form on this page. If you're looking for reports of formal investigations undertaken in the case of a serious incident, please visit our Incident Reports (formal investigations) page.

Incident reports are available in summary form for the following wing types:

Incident reports for paraglider wings are displayed below in summary form.

The BHPA incident reports database is fully searchable. To refine your search you can specify a particular wing type and select "or" or "and". For example, if you want to search for paraglider incidents at Hay Bluff, for best search results select paraglider from the drop down list and the "and" option.

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If available, total hours flown and hours flown in the previous six months are included below, with the latter displayed in brackets.

There are 2346 entries for paraglider wings

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Date Pilot Location Wing Type Summary Injury
11.07.2020 Male

Age:
53

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
5 years
40 hours
(5 hours)

Ringstead Bay,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Airwave
Unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot misjudged height in a glide from cliffs to ridge and impacted a tree.

Minor Injuries,
Hands, Arms, Shoulder

11.07.2020 Male

Age:
60

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
450 hours
(10 hours)

Harting Down,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Iota

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot attempted to clear a knot, inadvertently inducing a spin. The glider descended vertically and the pilot impacted the ground with force.

Seriously Injured
08.07.2020 Male

Age:
58

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
3 years

Mappleton,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Mac Para
Eden 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot induced a roll which he wasn't able to correct before impacting the hill.

Seriously Injured,
Feet, Legs

27.06.2020 Female

Age:
53

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
1000 hours
(20 hours)

Filey,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Nova
Mentor 3

Launch Type:
Foot
The paraglider's wingtip contacted a flagpole when the pilot was on landing approach, causing damage to the flagpole.

Unhurt
24.06.2020 Male

Age:
42

Rating:
CP



Pinnacle Hill East,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Advance
Sigma 8

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot undertook a manoeuvre that led to him being lee side of a spine backed ridge. His paraglider experienced collapses in rotor before the pilot landed on the lee side of the hill.

Unhurt
24.06.2020 Male

Age:
50

Rating:
P

Flying Experience:
16 years
500 hours
(25 hours)

Malvern Kettle Sings,
UK

Wind Strength:
20-25 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Moderate Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Explorer

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot lost control of the paraglider on launch in gusty conditions and was inadvertently lifted into the air with a full riser twist that he was able to correct once airborne.

Unhurt
23.06.2020 Male

Rating:
Not a BHPA member



Mere Rifle Range,
UK

Wind Strength:
15-20 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
BGD
Unknown

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was attempting to reverse launch in strong conditions and noticed the wing had a cravat. In trying the clear the cravat, he collided with a barbed wire fence.

Minor Injuries
23.06.2020 Male

Age:
63

Rating:
P



Hill Farm,
UK

Wind Strength:
5-10 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Not Turbulent
Paraglider

Wing:
Gin
Sprint 3

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
No details available

Unhurt
20.06.2020 Male

Age:
43

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
4 years
10 hours
(5 hours)

Fairsnape,
UK

Wind Strength:
10-15 km/h

Conditions:
Moderate,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
Air Design
Eazy 2

Launch Type:
Foot
The pilot was inadvertently lifted on launch and dropped to the ground in a seated position, before being dragged.

Minor Injuries,
Internal Injuries

14.06.2020 Male

Age:
65

Rating:
CP

Flying Experience:
48 years
1500 hours
(2 hours)

Hil Farm,
UK

Wind Strength:
0-5 km/h

Conditions:
Calm,
Light Turbulence
Paraglider

Wing:
McPara
Eden 6

Launch Type:
Winch/vehicle Tow
The launch marshal stopped a launch in progress upon noticing a disconnected suspension line. The launch was aborted and the Maillon connecting the C lines to the riser was found to be open.

Unhurt
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Last updated: 1 December 2023

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